Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe Highlights
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Rome, Italy
Ready to sack off the mundane and uncover extraordinary? Meet us in bella Roma, then prepare for a walking tour to end all walking tours. Slip on your Birks, fill up your water bottle and pack your anti-chafing cream – you’re gonna need it. We’re talking a solid few hours of non-stop sights, off-the-tourist-trail hidden gems and a run-down of almost 3000 years of history. Pass by the Pantheon, throw our two cents in the Trevi Fountain, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps and wind things up under the shadow of the mighty Colosseum. Epic doesn’t even cut it. Then, you're in Disneyland for foodies so our included dinner tonight is guaranteed to be good. Buon appetito!
Day 2 - Rome to Venice
No lies – we have a long drive today. BUT name a better way to get to know your trip mates than handing round the AUX cord. Later, we'll park up in Venice – home to over 400 bridges and birthplace of Vivaldi. Acquaint yourself with the usual suspects on a walking tour – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Tonight: this beautifully romantic city is yours for the taking. Round up the gang, score a cheap(ish) meal at Osteria Al Portego, then enjoy a spritz (or two) overlooking one of Venice’s fuchsia-pink sunsets.
Day 3 - Venice
Centuries-old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. Venice is just begging to be explored. Do the obvious and hop aboard an optional gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Spend your time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Head off the tourist trail with a trip to Giudecca Island. Or forget all the above and embark on a day-long gelataria-crawl. Go wandering. Get lost in the maze of canals and piazzas. That’s what makes the memories.
Day 4 - Venice to Vienna, Austria
Order one last coffee in poor Italian (hey, you tried!), this morning we’ll weave our way through the Alps to Austria. Ten points if you can guess what Vienna is famous for. Musicians. Grand coffee houses. And strudel (duh!). Enjoy a quick stop at the opulent Schönbrunn Palace (home of the Princess Sisi), before driving by the likes of the Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Museum Quarter and Ringstrasse. The rest of the afternoon is 100% up to you. For dinner, head to the Naschmarkt and try some knödel (Austrian dumplings) or go for the obvious choice – schnitzel. Later: gather the fam and make a beeline for the city’s microbreweries or cool cocktail bars.
Day 5 - Vienna
A whole day in Vienna – prepare to have your heart well and truly stolen. Head to the Museum Quarter and explore. All about the aesthetic? MUMOK’s modern art is a must. Wander around the pretty-extra Hofburg Palace. Grab a table at Cafe Central for the most boujee afternoon tea you’ve ever had (be prepared to queue). Or experience Vienna’s hipster hub in Neubau. Tonight, enjoy the sweet sounds of Mozart and Bach played by the Viennese Chamber Orchestra at an optional concert. Even if classical music isn’t your usual go-to, this is something special.
Day 6 - Vienna to Budapest, Hungary, via Bratislava, Slovakia
Our Vienna love affair was short but oh-so-sweet. Up next? The twin cities of Buda and Pest. But first: a quick whip around Slovakia’s fascinating capital. Three countries in one day? Only with us. In the City of Bridges, we’ll be chauffeured past the Chain Bridge, Castle District, Gellert Hotel, Heroes’ Square and House of Terror on a driving tour. SD cards full and tummies grumbling, it’s time to sample some of the local fare. Goulash. Chicken paprikash. Langos. Dobos cake. Hopefully you like paprika, they’re kinda obsessed with it here. Later, hang with the hipsters and drink local pálinka (fruit brandy) at one of the original ruin bars.
Day 7 - Budapest
You wanted freedom to explore – here it is. Check out the Central Market Hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter. Play pinball at the Flippermúzeum. Get a harrowing education at the House of Terror. Hunt down the Anonymous Statue. Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Head to Buda Castle and check out all the views from Fisherman’s Bastion. And tonight? Swing by a few of the city’s rooftop bars for sophisticated vibes and UN-real views.
Day 8 - Budapest to Kraków, Poland
Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built (eat your heart out, Game of Thrones). Get acquainted with this gem of a city on a walking tour – complete with an introduction to its resident dragon. Then? Take Fleetwood's advice and go your own way. Top up your history knowledge at Wawel Castle, explore the hip cafes and boutiques in the Jewish Quarter, head to Schindler's Museum or find a local haunt and tuck into a piled-high plate of pierogi.
Day 9 - Kraków, Poland
Here’s a free day we prepared earlier. Need some suggestions? Head to Hamsa in the heart of the Jewish Quarter for some 'Hummus and Happiness', shop for the ‘Gold of the Baltic’ in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Or do as the locals do and head to Okraglak for some drool-worthy street food – Zapiekanki is a must! Then: it's time to refine your vodka palette on an optional tasting tour. Learn the history behind Polish vodka and sample a few uniquely flavoured varieties as you go. Refuse to drink it without Red Bull? There are plenty of bars to pull into for a tasting of the local beer instead.
Day 10 - Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic
Onwards to the spire-filled skyline and mysterious streets of Prague! Our Trip Leader will get us acquainted with this picture-perfect city – complete with quirky clock tower – and point out all the must-dos for our free day tomorrow. After hunting down some smažený sýr (fried cheese of dreams) for dinner, hit the town to try some local Czech beer or sample a cocktail at The Alchemist – an old-school venue with a 1950s’ vibe. Hint: if you want the full experience, ask for the 'choose your fate'. We'll see you in the morning.
Day 11 - Prague
Another day, completely your way. Trust us, there’s plenty to Czech out (ha!). Seek out the John Lennon wall. Soak up some history at the Communist Museum. Take the funicular up Petrin Hill for allll the views. Check out what the Dancing House is all about. Or grab a delish roast pork roll at one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur? Don’t miss the beer tasting optional this afternoon. 11 different Czech beers + tapas = good times all around.
Day 12 - Prague to Berlin, Germany, via Dresden
From one beer capital to the next. Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see the main sights including (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, Museum Island and Alexanderplatz. Tonight: get the group together to see whether this city’s nightlife really lives up to the hype.
Day 13 - Berlin
A city exploding with culture, history and bloody good food - you've got 24 hrs to make the most of it. Our advice? Opt in for a historic walking tour that's actually interesting. You'll get a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule and tick off the likes of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. Plus, all the insider tips on how to spend the rest of your free day. Or put those elastic waistbands to the ultimate test on a locally-led food tour. We're talking kebabs, pastries, more currywurst, pierogi and local Pilsner beer. Tonight, seek out Burgermeister for dinner. This place used to be a public toilet (ew) but now serves up the best burgers in Berlin (yum). Or see if Mustafa's kebabs meets expectations.
Day 14 - Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ok, nobody panic – the adventure is coming to a close. But we’re not done yet! The GPS is set for Amsterdam today. Once we arrive, hit the cobblestones and explore the likes of Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument. This place is a foodie’s haven so you’ll have no issues finding somewhere to settle in for dinner. Give into temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm. Later, head to a canalside wine bar or brewery to keep the good times rolling.
Day 15 - Amsterdam
This is our last full day together. So, don’t hang about – get on your bike! Check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. History buffs should pay a visit to the Anne Frank House (don’t forget to book in advance!). And for the culture fiends – the Van Gogh Musuem and Rijksmuseum. Or if you’re wanting a more chill vibe, head to Hannekes Boom for waterfront views, good food and all-round good times. Whatever you get up to, make sure you’re back in time to toast the final night of our European adventure at tonight’s group dinner.
Day 16 - Amsterdam to London, England
Seriously? It's over? After breakfast, we'll make tracks to LDN. Blast the Trip Song one last time - who's up for a reunion trip next year?
- The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our Booking Terms and Conditions (available on our website) and terms and conditions of the relevant travel service provider.
- Prices quoted valid for sale until 30 September 2021 for travel during the period specified (if applicable) unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
- All prices are per person (unless otherwise stated), subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied without notice. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
- Advertised price includes bonus nights and/or stated saving (if applicable).
- Additional supplier conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
- Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
- Components of the total price including local payments, "resort fees", "national park fees", "trip kitties" and food funds (if applicable) may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel consultant prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
- Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
- Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
- Additional levies, government charges & other applicable fees, including additional taxes, surcharges and visa fees specific to your departure date or flight routing, may apply and are beyond our control.
- Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
- Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or by BPAY.
- Payments made in store by credit card will incur a surcharge (see Booking Terms and Conditions for further details).
- These prices are a guide to the best price and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details..